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11th Grade Homeschool Curriculum & Schedule

Is it just me or did summer just fly by? We had a stellar summer. My youngest daughter came home from an eighteen-month mission in Cusco, Peru, and we ended the summer with a fabulous Alaskan cruise that we enjoyed as an entire family. Also, our house is finally getting some interest, though no offers yet. Keeping our fingers crossed that someone will fall in love with it soon.

We’ve officially begun our new homeschool year. I’m down to my baby and this is his junior or eleventh year. His older siblings are 26, 24, and 21. I have one college graduate and two returning to their higher educations.

He loves to make his own stir fry.

We are still utilizing a wonderful distance program through a Christian private school, Liahona Preparatory Academy. Marcus’ core classes will be through Liahona. These accredited courses are Mondays through Thursdays for 32 weeks. He has the option to watch each class live or recorded. Because he tries to watch these classes live, this sets his daily schedule:

9:30am (approx.) Unfortunately, two of his courses are at the same time so he will likely watch his math class live and his history class recorded. This year he is taking Calculus, using Calculus of a Single Variable by Larsen & Edwards. His history is World Civilizations/Geography, using Our Old World Beginnings: European History

10:30am (approx.) Science this year is Chemistry, using Chemistry Concepts and Applications by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

11:30am (approx.) English this year is History of Language and Literature. I’m excited about the books he will be reading in this class, in the following order: Beowulf: translation by Stephen Mitchell; Wulf the Saxon by G. A. Henty; Hamlet by William Shakespeare; Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain; Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell; A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

We just finished Marcus’ first week of these classes and it worked well for him to watch his history class right after English, and then he completes his math assignment.

Beautiful Feet Medieval History Senior High Pack

What I am most excited about is our Beautiful Feet Medieval History Unit. 🙂 This is our first experience with BFB so I’ll be posting more about it, but I expect this will be a favorite part of our homeschool year, especially since we are tackling it together. I honestly feel like this is a blessing for us because so much of what he does now that he’s in high school is independent work, and that’s great. I know he needs to become more independent every year. But I also believe that just because he’s a teen doesn’t mean our learning together is over.

Do you see a cross-over? Beowulf. His English teacher chose another translation than the one BFB chose so hopefully we can get a taste of each. I’m just excited that this unit will tie in with his English and his history classes this year. He’s sure to make more connections that way.

We plan to read from our Medieval Unit books every day and spend more time on it on Fridays which are class-free, except for Seminary. Seminary is a youth scripture study program in our church. For the rest of this year, he will be studying the New Testament and then in January he will switch to The Book of Mormon.

So that’s his curriculum and schedule. Now if we can just get our house sold. We had a showing this afternoon and it threw off our day, but hey, the house looks pretty amazing for the weekend, so there’s that. 😉 Thanks for stopping by! Let me know your weekend plans. We don’t have any so far, but it won’t be spent cleaning!

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One of a Million

This is an insightful message from my son. He is my hero.

Yo-yoing With Zed


Quite recently there was news that a study had revealed there to be more than twice as many people living with MS than previously thought ( My dad was the one who first sent me a link to a news article talking about it and soon the news was popping up in my social media feeds, and I found myself reading through a few of the comments. One of the most common was the simple phrase- “I’m one of a million.”

Now most of my life I have heard the term “one in a million” in regards to being special, unique and rare and I’ve thrown the term out loosely when talking with friends without ever really thinking about it. Which definitely means I had never thought of being one in a million. And suddenly I find myself being not just 1 in around 400,000, but one…

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Two Blog Nominations

I am honored to have recently received two nominations for blog awards. Today I will focus on the first nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award. This award was passed on to me by Kristi at Savvy Schooling who has a lovely blog you should check out!


I started Camie’s Cozy Corner as a continuation of my first WordPress blog, Happy Heart’s Homeschool. I wanted a name change, a new look, and a fresh start with my photo storage, haha. I’ve continued sharing my homeschool experiences, my travel, my faith, have added more of my photography, family-friendly movie reviews, and a little of my heart. I started blogging as a way to reach out to other homeschooling moms, to give them my encouragement and support. Besides making new homeschool friends, I’ve also “met” some talented cooks, gardeners, photographers, writers and crafters. And I want to thank my loyal readers for their support! It’s appreciated more than you know.

If I could offer new bloggers some advice it would be…

First, be true to yourself and let your blog reflect you. Be authentic. There is no one else like you so use that to make your blog one of a kind. Write in your own style. Write your own mind and your own heart. The blogs I admire most have this special touch, something that is uniquely theirs. It shines through and draws me in.

Second, the more you take an interest in other blogs, the more your blog will generate interest from others. If you read a post that speaks to you, take the time to leave a comment so the writer knows. Bloggers appreciate that and will often reciprocate. This is what I love most about the blogging community. They are very supportive of each other.

If you are one of my nominees, here are the steps to follow should you accept your nomination:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select (up to 15) other bloggers for this award.
  6. Comment on each blog to let them know you nominated them and provide a link to the post you created.

I nominate the following blogs/bloggers:

Shelli at Mama of Letters has an encouraging and supportive blog for homeschoolers.

Kirby at Kirby’s Korner Blog shares recipes, meal plans, inspiration, writes about her family’s homeschooling and her square dancing!

Lynn at a poem in my pocket posts delightful poetry that will make you smile.

It’s Going to Take a Year is an honest blog with thoughtful posts.

Barnraised is my favorite horse, barn and cowboy boots kind of blog.

♥ Congrats to these five nominees and stay tuned for my second blog award with further nominations. ♥

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Have you ever appreciated something seemingly ordinary in your life with this kind of introspection? This is what I love about this young man’s blog. I think you might enjoy reading his insights too.

Yo-yoing With Zed


I love music.

I was driving home with my younger brother tonight and we got talking about music. One of those “real” conversations. Those type are my favorites. They’re the conversations that I live for. He asked about a CD I had playing in the car- one of the earlier Rise Against albums– and I asked if he liked it and he told me that it was alright but it was a little much for him. This lead into a bit of rambling conversation on my end. Perhaps conversation is strong… it was more one sided. I just rambled. But the rambling really got me thinking. Got me talking, which was, in this case, more important that just thinking.

You see, over the last two months I have done a lot of thinking. Some action. I moved. Got away from the jobs and from school. Decided I needed a…

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